Friday, December 31

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Wherever you are in the world, and however you're celebrating, have a slamming time. I'm spending New Year's Eve with my mum, sister and 7 of my girlfriends in Edinburgh; literally 'All ma single ladies'.

I've got plenty of plans for 2011, but hey, we've 365 days to ponder on those, so for now I'll just focus on getting merry.

Nastrovya!

Thursday, December 30

R.I.P. EBAY DREAMS

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I am catastrophically useless at ebay bidding. I know there is a skill to it, perfecting the timing of pushing the bid button just at the last second before your opponent has another chance etc etc but I lose out EVERY time. Here are two beautiful souls I lost to an evil outbidder last week from Indie Cult Vintage. Honeys, you're still in my dreams.

Wednesday, December 29

SPIDERS FROM MARS

A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers
Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
Talking 'bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
New York's a go-go and everything tastes right
Poor little Greenie...


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A shoddy tribute to the King of Glam Rock to showcase my sale purchases. Am I the only one who's found this year's sales as dry as Christmas day's turkey carcass? I walked out of all my usual haunts empty handed; even Harvey Nichols and Kurt Geiger left me disappointed. Where have all the good threads gone? Don't even try to convince me that in this financial climate everyone has paid full price for the good stuff. My theory is that the buyers have been particularly crafty this season and not taken any fashion risks, which is a shame, because I'm the person who goes and laps up all those risks (aka wierd stuff) that no one else wants come January. All those magazines, blogs and stylists that propose lists of 'sensible' sale shopping tips, and all that tripe about 'carrying forward into next season; what a load of rubbish. Where is the fun in that? The sales are about picking up the most bizarre, fun, theatrical treasures that come out of a store's woodwork, the anti-trend, anti-clone pieces that just didn't sell because they didn't go with everyone's camel capes(scream!)  or leather shorts (scream!).

Well, here are a few of the tamer 'risks' I did pick up: Yeti fur jacket from Zara sale, Velvet burgundy leggings from River Island, verging-on-blasphemic cross ring from Topman. Gold wing earring vintage.


PS. I am now tweeting several times a day on that addictive little gimmick called TWITTER. What a scream (the good kind).


Sunday, December 26

HO HO HO's & OH NO NO's



"I bet Jesus wasn't this hungover" - a friend who shall remain anonymous

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pre-xmas party snaps from Leeds

 Merry Late-mas to all my readers for yesterday, I hope you all had a day filled with festive goodwill and cheer, enjoyed reunions with family and indulged in all sorts of naughty things.


PILLARS OF THE EARTH II




EGYPT APRIL 2010 PHOTODIARY

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Thursday, December 23

WINTER KATE

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via Alice in Wardrobe Wonderland

I wish I felt as nonchalant about Christmas as Kate looks in this picture. Truth be told, I'm still yet to buy any presents, and am dreading ending up as flustered as a Christmas turkey hitting town at 9am on Christmas eve. Is anyone else in my sad little grinch boat? Or have you all been super organised?



Monday, December 20

CARINE, THIS IS FOR YOU.

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Weeeeyy...snow! The perfect opportunity to take to my driveway in 5-inch platforms and pull some Vogue Paris tribute poses. You sure can bet the postman gave me a funny look on his way up.

Headband H&M
Velvet jacket is my mum's vintage from Monsoon; back from the day when the deliveries would go straight to the UK boutiques from the Indian factories in crates full of spiders (true story!)
Leather leggings from Arma Collection
Boots Topshop

Sunday, December 19

Photographic Studies in Edinburgh

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All photographs are my own, please credit accordingly

Saturday, December 18

CARINE ROITFELD HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

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After 10 years at the helm of Paris Vogue, sharp-boned Carine Roitfeld has announced she will step down from her position as editor at the end of January. The smoky-eyed, husky-voiced French styliste extraordinaire has changed the magazine's fortunes forever; with her dynamism and highly artistic approach to fashion, she imagined a vision that was more extreme, more sexually charged, and more often than not, more controversial than anyone else. Considering that the latest Vogue Paris issue was a platform for the idolatry of Tom Ford, how likely is it that Carine's next move in the fashion industry might be to the House of Ford, or another one of her designer friends for whom she has often played muse? 

According to the New York Times, current Vogue Paris fashion director Emmanuelle Alt is rumoured to be stepping into Roitfeld's spike heeled shoes.

Friday, December 17

[INSERT LATIN PHRASE HERE]



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photographed by Kate Woods

Dress by H&M, astrakhan stole from Topshop.

We ran all over the graveyard behind the Henry Price residences in Leeds University playing catch-me-if-you-can with the teasing rays of low winter sun.

Thursday, December 16

READING LIST



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I'm taking a holiday from my university reading list to dig my teeth into these before exams start. If I'm quick (and socially reclusive) enough, I'll be able to re-read Tender is the Night for the fourth time and finish with a revisiting of Alex James's biography for some comic relief. As rock-star bios go, it is incredibly well-written, heartwarming and philosophical. I seriously recommend.

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